No James, but Bartholomew is back for Commonwealth Games

By March 09, 2018
Kirani James will not be available for Grenada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but Rondell Bartholomew makes a long-awaited return for the Spice Island. Kirani James will not be available for Grenada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but Rondell Bartholomew makes a long-awaited return for the Spice Island.

There will be no Kirani James but quarter-miler Rondell Bartholomew makes a return to track and field for Grenada at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month.

James, who has not competed for almost a year, will not be available for the Games, said Charlie George, President of the Grenada Athletics Association during an interview with SportsMax.TV on Friday.

However, he revealed that Bartholomew, who was fourth in the final of the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in 2011, will make a return to the team after almost six years in inactivity due mainly to injury.

“Rondell is coming back. He is going to have his first major appearance in the Commonwealth Games. He is just coming back so don’t expect too much from him. When you’ve been out of competition it is not easy to come back at a moment’s notice. He is going to make an effort so let’s see what happens,” George said of the 2008 Carifta Games champion.

The 27-year-old quarter-miler who boasts a personal best of 44.65, set in April 2011, clocked 21.51s over 200m in Birmingham, USA, on February 4.

Also, making the Spice Island contingent to the Gold Coast is 2016 Rio Olympic 400m finalist Bralon Taplin and the talented decathlon pair of Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor.

The Grenadian team will also include a group of talented youngsters including 400m runners Meleni Rodney and Kanika Beckles. Long jumper Melvin Echard has also been included in the team, that George expects to do well at the 2018 Games.

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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